GREATER Bendigo will enter its fire danger period from November 30.
The Country Fire Authority announced restrictions would also come into force for the Central Goldfields Shire on that date.
The Mount Alexander Shire would move into the fire danger period from December 7, while the Macedon Ranges Shire would enter restrictions on December 14.
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A CFA spokesperson said this fire season had the potential to be dominated with grass fires, with shorter-duration fires in grass and dry forests during hotter and windier days.
The CFA reminded Victorians to not be complacent as an average fire season could still be a bad one.
CFA District 2 Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer Mick Hembrow said there was an increased yield and potential fuel load in north west Victoria due to higher rainfall totals.
"Grass and bush areas in the north west are rapidly drying and will sustain fire activity for the next three months," Mr Hembrow said.
"Any additional rainfall received in spring will produce growth, which could very easily result in an even higher fuel load throughout the summer season if not properly managed.
"Reducing fuel loads in these areas will ensure if a fire does break out, it has less chance of spreading.
"While CFA and our partner agencies Fire Rescue Victoria and Forest Fire Management Victoria are doing everything we can to prepare for the bushfire season, we look to the community to assist us in preventing fires."
Mr Hembrow said there was still a short window of opportunity for residents to clean up their property if they haven't already done so.
"People need to be aware that if they're using fire to clean up around their properties, they need to register these burns on 1800 668 511," he said.
"So far this year, out-of-control burn-offs and unregistered burn-offs have already caused unnecessary call-outs to brigades.
"You should not burn-off when winds are high or high winds are forecast - not only on the day of your burn but for the days afterwards.
"For information about burn-off restrictions specific to your area, consult your local council."
Mr Hembrow said once the fire danger period came into effect, the CFA had a zero-tolerance approach to any fires caused by negligent behaviour.
Victoria Police and the CFA would investigate people who caused or lit fires during the restrictions.
During the fire danger period, fires could not be lit in the open air without a written permit from the CFA or a Municipal Fire Prevention Officer.
Fire danger periods were based on local conditions and took into account fuel moisture, fuel loads, grassland curing, weather, and rainfall.
Mr Hembrow said more information about the fire danger period could be found at cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/restrictions-during-the-fire-danger-period.
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